Operational Update: January 2021

Given the restrictions now in place across the UK, we would like to inform you that the Instructus Group will remain fully operational for the foreseeable future. Rest assured that our team will continue to support your business in whatever way we can. Over this period of lockdown, Instructus Skills will: Undertake Gateway and End … Continue reading Operational Update: January 2021

Build the Future for National Apprenticeship Week 2021

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2021 has been announced, and it’s a bold statement of intent: ‘Build the Future‘. The 14th National Apprenticeship Week takes place from the 8th to the 14th of February 2021. The annual week-long celebration aims to showcase the effect that apprenticeships have on businesses, communities, and economies across England. … Continue reading Build the Future for National Apprenticeship Week 2021

Funding Bands Consultation Results Published

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) has published the results of its recent second funding consultation. These consultations follow feedback that the current funding band recommendations system is unclear. At present, funding bands use employer-determined training costs and comparisons with existing qualifications. The Institute’s first consultation outlined a modified approach to apprenticeship … Continue reading Funding Bands Consultation Results Published

What the Autumn Spending Review Means For Apprenticeships

Set against the backdrop of COVID-19 and the biggest economic contraction in 300 years, you may think that the Autumn Spending Review would have little to offer. Instead, Chancellor Rishi Sunak used today’s announcement to outline spending aimed at getting people back to work – and on to apprenticeships. Of particular note, the Chancellor announced … Continue reading What the Autumn Spending Review Means For Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Funding Rules Updated for 2020/21

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published updated rules for English apprenticeship funding. The new rules, which explicitly reflect the transition from frameworks to standards, will apply to all apprenticeship programmes starting on or after August 1st 2020. The rules also cover funding arrangements to allow employers to support learners that have been … Continue reading Apprenticeship Funding Rules Updated for 2020/21

Can You Help Redundant Apprentices?

Do you want to support apprenticeship learning, but are unsure how? Thanks to the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), by taking on a redundant learner you can now support them from mid-apprenticeship to the end of their learning. With so many learners facing redundancy over this turbulent year, the ESFA has launched the Redundancy … Continue reading Can You Help Redundant Apprentices?

Apprenticeship Benefits for 2020 & Beyond

September saw the UK Government launch incentives and packages in support of apprenticeship training. With so much to absorb, we’ve rounded up the headlines to help you better understand how an apprenticeship could benefit your business. Plan for Jobs Scheme Launched In the most significant boost for apprenticeships, September saw the launch of the government’s … Continue reading Apprenticeship Benefits for 2020 & Beyond

2019-2020 Learner Funding Final Claim Period Announced

Attention all training providers – the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has announced that the final claim period for 2019-2020 learner funding will open on Monday 26th October. This service is for training providers that receive funding directly from the ESFA. You must use the Submit Learner Data portal to submit your claim. This … Continue reading 2019-2020 Learner Funding Final Claim Period Announced

Apprenticeship Training & Furlough

COVID-19 has drastically altered the way that we live and work. As you are aware, the UK Government has taken unprecedented steps to protect employers and employees affected by the virus. Yet while it is clear how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will affect full-time employees, there have been questions about how furlough will affect … Continue reading Apprenticeship Training & Furlough

Budget 2020: Apprenticeships & Skills

Last week the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, unveiled the first budget of the Parliament. Whilst there was not a great deal of news for apprenticeships, we’ve still gathered everything you need to know into one handy guide. It is worth noting that in light of the coronavirus outbreak, the government situation is … Continue reading Budget 2020: Apprenticeships & Skills